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Syracuse makes addition of starting FCS defensive lineman official

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Syracuse football has officially bolstered its defensive line with a lower-level addition.

Earlier this month, Cody Roscoe announced on Twitter that he will be transferring into Dino Babers‘ Syracuse football program.  This week, the Orange confirmed the defensive lineman has signed with the program.  The defensive lineman is coming to the ACC school from McNeese State.

Because he comes in from an FCS program, Roscoe will be eligible to play immediately in 2020.  According to a release, Roscoe is already enrolled in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Roscoe was a two-year starter for the Cowboys.  He totaled 19 tackles for loss and 13½ sacks in that action.  The lineman had 11 tackles for loss and nine sacks this postseason, with both totals good for second on the team.

The FCS player is one of the few additions for a Syracuse football program that has lost its share to the portal this offseason.  Since mid-March, the Orange has seen four of their players leave for the NCAA transfer database.

Wallace, incidentally, has since moved on to Kent State.

Syracuse is set to open the 2020 college football season at Boston College Sept. 4.

Canadian-born Kevin Mital leaving Syracuse for a university in Quebec

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It appears one member of the Syracuse football program is headed back north of the border.

In late August of last year, Syracuse announced that Kevin Mital had officially joined the ACC football program as part of its Class of 2019.  The wide receiver came to the Orange from Montreal’s Collège André-Grasset.

As relayed by 247Sports.com, it’s now being reported by Charles-Antoine Sinotte of TA Sports that Mital is headed back to Quebec.  It appears that the receiver will continue his collegiate playing career in his native country of Canada.

Below is the French-to-English translation from Sinotte’s tweet.

The receiver star of Grasset Kevin Mital returns to Quebec. After committing to Syracuse football in the NCAA he’ll be back to football university RSEQ. Laval was his 1st choice in Quebec before leaving, but Mr. Iaduluca (UdeM) was in Grasset with him. To be continued!

(For those curious, “Laval” is Laval University in Quebec.)

Should Mital reverse course and remain in the States?  The portal could very well beckon.  Speaking of which…

Now, for what’s seemingly becoming a daily disclaimer when it comes to transfers.

As we’ve stated myriad times in the past, a player can remove his name from the portal and remain at the same school. At this point, though, other programs are permitted to contact a player without receiving permission from his current football program.

NCAA bylaws also permit schools to pull a portal entrant’s scholarship at the end of the semester in which he entered it.

As a true freshman for Syracuse football last year, the 6-1, 232-pound Mital took a redshirt.  He was, though, named as an ACC Honor Roll selection.

College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including Navy officially shedding 135 years of football independence

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The sports world, including college football, has essentially screeched to a halt as countries around the world battle the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there’s a dearth of college football news as spring practices have all but been canceled at every level of the sport. And there’s even some concern that the health issue could have an impact on the 2020 college football campaign.

In that vein, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.

So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on July 1, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.

(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football hiatus, leave your suggestions in the comments section.  Mailbag, maybe?)

2019

THE HEADLINE: Army announces 76-man signing class
THE SYNOPSIS: USA! USA! USA!

2018

THE HEADLINE: It’s July 1, so Liberty is now officially college football’s newest FBS program; Idaho drops to FCS
THE SYNOPSIS: Two years later, Liberty won its first bowl game. And saw attrition from players citing “racial insensitivity.”

2017

THE HEADLINE: It’s July 1, which means UAB and Coastal Carolina are official FBS members now
THE SYNOPSIS: UAB went 8-5 in its second first FBS season.  Coastal Carolina went 3-9.

2016

THE HEADLINE: BYU still wants to join a Power 5 conference
THE SYNOPSIS: Four years later, the want is still there. So that’s something?

2015

THE HEADLINE: Dependence Day: Navy officially joins AAC
THE SYNOPSIS: From our post that day:

For the first 135 years of its existence, Navy played as a football independent.  With Independence Day just three days away, the Midshipmen have officially shed that football independence for its first-ever conference home.

2013

THE HEADLINE: It’s officially conference moving day for myriad FBS programs
THE SYNOPSIS: Are you sensing a theme with this First of July date?  Pitt and Syracuse officially joined the ACC. And the WAC ceased to exist as a football conference.

2012

THE HEADLINE: Boise State officially leaving for the Big East
THE SYNOPSIS: Boise State is still a member of the Mountain West Conference.  So there’s that.

2011

THE HEADLINE: Dawn of new conference era brings yawns, shoulder shrugs from some coaches
THE SYNOPSIS: From our post that day.  Again:

The Pac-10 has officially became the Pac-12 with the additions of Colorado (Big 12) and Utah (Mountain West). The Big Ten officially became the, well, Big Ten despite the addition of Nebraska (Big 12) as its 12th member. Boise State will now be a full-fledged voting member of the Mountain West after bolting the depleted and beleaguered WAC, while BYU (Mountain West) has shed its conference clothes and exchanged them for football independence.

2010

THE HEADLINE: UGA AD Damon Evans busted for DUI
THE SYNOPSIS: After the red panties scandal, Evans rehabbed his image.  And resurfaced as the athletic director at Maryland.

Syracuse completes 2022 non-conference schedule with FCS game

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Mark tour calendars, Syracuse football fans.  Or not.  It’s up to you.

This past week, Syracuse announced that it has completed its non-conference schedule for the 2022 football season.  The opponent?  Wagner.  That would be Wagner of the FCS Wagners.  The game will, of course, be played at the currently under-renovation Carrier (?) Dome.

The two schools, which hail from the Empire State, have met two times previously, in 2013 and again in 2018.  The Orange have won both meetings, not surprisingly.  And they’ve won by a combined score of 116-10.

From the Syracuse football release:

Wagner, located on Staten Island, is a member of the Northeast Conference. The Seahawks were 1-11 last season under former head coach Jason Houghtaling. Wagner hired Tom Masella to replace Houghtaling as head coach on Dec. 7, 2019.

In fairness, Syracuse has two Power Five schools on that same year’s non-conference schedule.  On Sept. 17, they will face Purdue of the Big Ten.  At a date still to be determined, they will square off against Notre Dame.  Both of those Power Five vs. Power Five matchups will be played at the home of Syracuse football.

The school stated that the “[d]ates for Syracuse’s matchup with Notre Dame and the ACC portion of its 2022 schedule will be announced at a later time.”

That same season, Syracuse’s fourth non-conference game will be against UConn.  That regional tilt will be played at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford.

John Swofford announces plans to step down as ACC commissioner after 2020-21 athletic year

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The ACC is losing one of the most powerful men in collegiate sports.  Eventually.

Thursday morning, the ACC announced that commissioner John Swofford will step down from his post at the end of the 2020-21 athletic year.  The fourth commissioner in ACC history, the 71-year-old Swofford will assist with the transition and will continue his duties as commissioner until a successor is identified and in place.

This will mark Swofford’s 24th and final year as commissioner of the conference.

“It has been a privilege to be a part of the ACC for over five decades and my respect and appreciation for those associated with the league throughout its history is immeasurable,” said Swofford in a statement. “Having been an ACC student-athlete, athletics director and commissioner has been an absolute honor. There are immediate challenges that face not only college athletics, but our entire country, and I will continue to do my very best to help guide the conference in these unprecedented times through the remainder of my tenure. Nora and I have been planning for this to be my last year for some time and I look forward to enjoying the remarkable friendships and memories I’ve been blessed with long after I leave this chair.”

When Swofford took over in 1997, the league was comprised of nine members.  Over the next two decades or so, six new football members were added — Boston College, Louisville, Miami, Pitt, Syracuse and Virginia Tech.  Maryland, of course, left for the Big Ten in 2014.  Notre Dame also became a non-football member in some varsity sports, although they do have a football scheduling relationship with the league.

Last year, Swofford also oversaw the creation of the ACC Network with partner ESPN.  That network launched in August of last year.